Win2k / Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / WinXP
Program is a shareware, but the demo version has virtually no restrictions and registering the program only costs $25 which is cheap in all terms.
AVI_IO supports video capture card's internal compression modes (normally M-JPEG) and external CODECs (yes, you can use DivX codec as well). You can also freely set the framerate and image size. Program also supports scheduled recording, which is nice feature if you want to use your capture card as a VCR alternative. AVI_IO's internal capture buffer guarantees synchronized capture even with long recordings (some cards/tools tend to get audio off-sync if/when capturing drops frames).
Overall the tool is excellent piece of work, providing all required functions while maintaining small size and simple user interface. Maybe only problem with the tool was to set up all the required settings -- but after that was done, I've never used my OEM capture tools since.
AVI_IO supports currently (at least) these cards:
-Pinnacle DC10 / DC10
-Pinnacle DC30 / DC30 DC30pro
-Pinnacle DV Studio
-Matrox Marvell (all models)
-Matrox RR (all models)
-FAST AV master (all models)
-Dazzle Multimedia Snazi
-Broadway Beginner MPEG-1 Capture Card
-Winnov Videum AV and Videum VO
-all brooktree based TV tuner boards
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1License and operating system information is based on latest version of the software.